Non-Stop Perfection in SA

Friday, July 21, 2017

The last men standing at JBay, both owners of perfect 10s, a couple of hard fought trophies, and the obligatory face full of our title sponsor's suds. What a week! Photo Ryan Miller

With JBay firing non-stop from the warm-ups to just about every round of competition, Fred stuck with one of his favourite slight step-ups all the way to the finals. At 6'1" / 81kg, he rides a 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Forget Me Not squash tail. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, using every inch of that longer rail line (and longer frame) on another dreamy Supers canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

Julian looked incredibly sharp right from the start in SA, and kept delivering all the way through to another huge semi-final result at one of his favourite waves. Photo Trevor Moran

From throwing down 10s with tubes like this, to laying into some of the best rail turns of the event, Jules is a perennial standout at the best point break in the world. Photo Trevor Moran

J-Dub, heavy on the back foot. Similar to Fred, he went with a slight step up 6'2" Forget Me Not on the bigger days, but also switched to several other favourites - including his regular shortboard (Monsta 6, 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L). Photo Trevor Moran


Another brand new gem made especially for the Jefferies Bay points was this FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, 6'1" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. With Joel, Jules and JS himself experimenting even more with channels this year (and absolutely loving them when conditions call for it) we've made them available on all PU custom orders for that extra bit of drive and speed in good waves. Photo Trevor Moran

JBay 2017's already guaranteed to be one of the most memorable CT events in recent memory for everyone around the world, but for this guy, it's just about the biggest milestone of his career so far. Congratulations Fred! Photo Trevor Moran


On Fire At JBay

Sunday, July 16, 2017

One of the classiest match-ups in surfing - Joel and Jeffries. Photo Trevor Moran

Everything in the right place. Photo Ryan Miller

After several days of waking up before dawn to be ready for the call, Parko came out of the blocks firing to win the first heat of the event and waltz straight onto round three. With perfect, overhead sets on offer, he settled on a new Forget Me Not squash tail, 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L (6'0" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller


Jeremy flaired on his way through to round three with plenty of power gauges just like this. Photo Ryan Miller

Like Joel, Jezza went with a slight step-up for the pumping, long walls of opening day. Bumping up from his usual shortboard (a 5'9 1/2" M6 squash), this one is 5'10 1/2" x 18 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 24.9L, pulled into a smooth round tail for extra hold and drive. Photo Ryan Miller

Owen dropped one of the biggest scores of his heat with turns like this huge fin waft, but couldn't quite find the back-up he needed to jump straight into round three. Up next when round two resumes, O's got several Forget Me Not's that JS built to complement his favourite FMN shortboard from Brazil - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L (he's 6'3" / 76kg). Photo Trevor Moran

O, ready to roll with one of his bright new Forget Me Nots. Photo Ryan Miller 

Firing JBay suits Fred better than just about any stop on Tour (or anywhere, for that matter). Big man, big turn, beautiful canvas. Photo Trevor Moran

With plenty of similar right points at home in Portugal, Fred's dialled in this part of his quiver constantly over the last year or so. In fun to perfect surf like we saw in round one, his go-to dims are a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6 (6'1" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

 

Ace's razor sharp backhand had commentators like Ronnie Blakey calling him the standout of all the goofy-footers during the warm up sessions. Not hard to see why with big cracks like this! At 5'9" / 76kg, one of his favourite shortboards is a 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

 

When power, progression and technical polish all come together, you get turns like this banger from just before opening day. Like all of the very best surfers at the top of their game, Jules just keeps adding extra layers to his already insane repertoire. Photo Ryan Miller. 

JW laid down some serious tracks pre-event, and found plenty of favourites in his quiver in the process. This one's a 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L Monsta 6 (he's 6'0" / 80kg). Clip Peter King

Long arcs, stupid amounts of power, and one of the best bottom turns in the world. J-Dub at JBay. Photo Ryan Miller 

It's hard to fathom the amount of talent between these two guys. Legends on land, freaks in the water, long-time friends (except for maybe in a heat), and quite possibly Australia's next World Champs. Big things to come in SA! 


J-Bay Quivers - Julian

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Julian's approach is built for J-Bay. The technical polish, swooping bottom turns and long lines he draws translate to some of the best surfing we've ever seen out there, not to mention final and semi-finals appearances during the CT event over the last two years.

For this year's quiver, Jules is rolling with a bunch of his existing favourite M6s and Forget Me Nots, plus a few new shortboards both in his regular dims and slightly thicker variations. With the extra rubber involved (not to mention the paddling, wind, and overall pace of the wave & lineup), a bit of extra volume is often great to have up your sleeve for certain conditions. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 80kg): 

 

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 27.7L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 27.9L (swallow tail channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

Bright, fast, and ready for the best point break in the world. 

 


J-Bay Quivers - Joel

Monday, July 03, 2017

We're right in the middle of the CT's dream leg, and with this type of wave quality on hand, you know Joel's going to be a major contender at each stop. Fiji especially is one of Parko's favourite places in the world, and after tearing his way to the semi-finals at Cloudbreak on a new FOMO channel bottom Monsta 6, there have been a few late additions to his J-Bay board bag!

Ever since JS made himself a few channel bottoms over the Christmas holidays (including one borrowed/stolen by Joel for a trip to Bali), the boys have kept them on hand whenever the waves turn on. Now, with Parko heading to one of the best and fastest point breaks in the world, it's the perfect time to break out a bunch of fresh FOMOs, plus his standard go-to Monsta 6s. Full breakdown, below (he's 6'0" / 81kg):

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 - 6'1" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L

MONSTA 6 round - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.7L

MONSTA 6 swallow - 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 29L

 

Four channel bottoms in slight step-up dims, plus two more (bottom) in Joel's regular shortboard size. 

With a lot of the bigger boards being round tails, JS also put a few swallows in to mix perfectly with the speed of the longer channel bottoms. This one (left) also has a similar tiger spray to one of Joel's favourites from last year that he rode to the final at Trestles... here's hoping one of these lets him get on a similar role in SA! 

 

 


J-Bay Quivers - Owen

Friday, June 30, 2017


Owen's put in some of the best backhand performances of the last decade out at J-Bay, and with his form he's in this year, O's ready to push it to the next level again. After taking out the Quik Pro Snapper riding a new Monsta 6 at the start of the season, the extra size at both Margaret River and Bells had Owen riding Forget Me Nots for the majority of the events, with a few big results along the way.

Even in Brazil, Saquarema's clean, punchy beachbreaks allowed O to keep riding his favourite FMN, although in his shortboard size (6'3") - not the step ups we saw through the back half of Australia's CT leg. For South Africa, he'll be packing a range of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots from earlier in the season, plus these brand new FMNs with a bit of added colour. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'3" / 76kg): 

FORGET ME NOT - 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.5L 


Caleb's J-Bay Boards

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Our young gun's been scoring at home on the Central Coast this winter, and with a trip to Jbay on the cards for next week, he put in an order for a new batch of Monsta 6s and Forget Me Nots matched with a few watercolour inspired ideas for our in-house spray maniac Adrian Turner. Looking at these, Sprayer's absolutely nailed it, and so has JS. 

Heading to that particularly wave-rich part of South Africa often means long walls, extra rubber and plenty of paddling, so this latest quiver has a combination of Caleb's regular Monsta 6 shortboards, plus several slight step up Forget Me Not round pins with a little extra width and thickness. Youth Series board breakdowns, below (he's 5'6" / 50kg): 


Dream lineup for a dream destination! 


MONSTA 6 - 5'6" x 17 1/8" x 2 1/16" x 20.4L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'6 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/8" x 21.9L

FORGET ME NOT - 5'7 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 1/8" x 22.3L


Mikey's South Africa Quiver

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whether they're on boards or spurting out of a can, Mikey's all about flames. Art by Adrian Turner

The southern hemisphere winter's been pumping out storms from Cape Town to Cloudbreak, and a solid chunk of the world's surfing population has been breaking out their good wave boards to make the most of it. Mikey's just landed in South Africa, and while part of the trip's dedicated to chasing points on the QS, his sights are set on two of Africa's best waves - Jbay, and Namibia's ridiculous lefthander. Board breakdowns, below (he's 6'0" / 78kg): 

 


While Mikey's regular Monsta 6s have him covered in everything from average beachies to quality reefs or points, South Africa and Namibia have the potential to turn on some of the best (and fastest) waves in the world. That's where the channels and round pins come in! 

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.9L (round tail with FOMO channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'0 1/2" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 29.2L (swallow tail with FOMO channel bottom)

MONSTA 6 - 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 7/16" x 29.1L (round tail with FOMO channel bottom)


 


Two Weeks of Cloudbreak Gold

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

Owen, about to get spat into the channel while super coach Micro gives the Cloudbreak salute. Photo Ryan Miller

The Big O, matching power with power at solid Cloudbreak. At 6'3" / 76kg, he dominated on a 6'4 1/2" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.7L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo WSL / Kelly Cestari

Even with some of the biggest turns and best barrels of the event, Owen went down in a close round three heat. Thankfully though, the rest of the top four did as well, and O was still ripping everywhere from Cloudbreak to Restaurants long after most of the CT had gone home. Onto JBay! Photo Ryan Miller


 

Tubes or turns, Fiji's all about commitment. J-Dub, sending it. Photo Ryan Miller

With Cloudbreak showing solid double overhead sets on the first two days of competition, Julian went with a slight step up Forget Me Not round pin, 6'2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.4L. Photo Ryan Miller


Even though it was a touch smaller than the start of the waiting period, finals day was still fast, rippable, and occasionally super hollow. Jules, locked into his 9.17 on the way to the quarters. Photo Ryan Miller

Another day in Fiji, another good wave blade. J-Dub loves using the Forget Me Not in his shortboard size whenever the waves don't quite call for a step up - this one's 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.6L. As per usual in quality reef breaks, a lot of Jules' Fijian quiver are set up as quads, with his choice this time around being the FCS2 Accelerator template up front, paired with our JS rears. Photo Ryan Miller

Ace, in his element during the chunkier early rounds. At 5'9" / 76kg, one of his go-to slight step ups is a 6'0" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.7L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Ryan Miller. 

Small days in paradise still mean shortboards! 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Fred, getting critical on his way to round three. At 6'1" / 81kg, one of his favourite slight step ups is a 6'2 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

Jeremy's more at home in grinding left reefs than just about anywhere in the world, and it shows. Photo Ryan Miller

 

After dominating his round two heat with an 8 and a 9.57, Jezza went down to Joel in a tough round three match-up that easily could've been on finals day. Photo Ryan Miller 

 

 

Having won both Teahupo'o and Pipe in the double overhead range before, Jezza's dialled in exactly the type of boards he likes to use as a slight step up. Compared to his regular 5'9 1/2" Monsta 6, one of his go-to sleds for spots like Cloudbreak is a 6'0" x 18 1/4" x 2 5/16" x 25.5L Forget Me Not round pin. Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, threading a throaty one on his way through to round three. Forget Me Not round pin 6'2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.5L 

Lay days aren't exactly a bad time on Namotu. In between swells, Joel was back on his regular shortboard - a 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.1L Monsta 6. Photo Ryan Miller

 

Parko, flying into the semis with an obscene amount of speed. For finals day, he went with a Monsta 6 round tail with our FOMO channel bottom, 6'1 1/2" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.6L (he's 6'0" / 81kg). Photo Ryan Miller

 

Perfect turn, perfect canvas. 'Til next year Fiji! Photo Ryan Miller


Courtney Fires in Fiji

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

From 2ft to 10ft, Courtney dominated at Cloudbreak. Just seconds after a very well-deserved CT win, courtesy of Ryan Miller. 

She's one of the most impressive surfers in the world when it comes to constantly improving every facet of her surfing, and for her Fiji preparation, Courtney and JS started working together on a quiver of shortboards and step ups that she eventually rode to a huge victory - her second of the year so far. Board details, below: 

One of Courtney's go-to boards throughout the Fiji contest was a Forget Me Not round pin step up, 6'2" x 18 5/8" x 2 5/16" x 26.8L (she's 5'9" / 63kg). Photo Ryan Miller

The first OK Fiji Pro Champion of 2017! Photo Ryan Miller

 

 


Blowing Up in Brazil

Monday, May 15, 2017

Owen's got plenty of options for the smaller days at Saquarema in his Monsta 6's (both HYFI and PU), but with good, clean conditions on offer, he's been dominating with the extra drive and hold of his Forget Me Not! At 6'3" / 76kg, he rides a FMN round tail 6'3" x 19" x 2 3/8" x 29.3L. Clip Peter King

O, powering his way to a high 9 and the quarterfinals! Photo Trevor Moran

A couple of 6'3" weapons - O and his favourite FMN. From the points and reefs of the Aus leg, to Brazil's beachies, this model's been a massive go-to for Owen so far this year. Expect to see plenty more of it in Fiji too! Photo Ryan Miller

Joel, tearing into the Saquarema right-hander. Throughout the contest so far he's been riding a new Monsta 6 that JS made him for Brazil - 6'0" x 18 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 28.3L (he's 6'0" / 81kg). Photo Trevor Moran

Fred may have lost a tight round three heat to Julian, but he still throw down a couple of highlights of his own. At 6'1" / 81kg, one of his go-to Monsta 6's is 6'0" x 19" x 2 7/16" x 28.5L. Photo Trevor Moran

Sal's backhand has always been one of her weapons, even in broken-up beachbreaks. At 5'7" / 57kg, her regular Monsta 6 for everyday high performance waves is 5'8 1/2" x 17 5/8" x 2 3/16" x 22.3L. Photo Trevor Moran. 

After another solid semi-finals finish, Sal heads into Fiji at number three in the world with a bunch of huge performances under her belt. Time to get tubed! Photo Ryan Miller

From running lefts to rampy rights, Saquarema's had plenty of room for entertainment so far! Jules, tail high on his way to a round four match-up with Owen. Photo Trevor Moran 

Board to board and heat to heat, J-Dub's been killing it so far in Brazil. The earlier rounds saw clean, punchy surf with his go-to being a Monsta 6, while round four's drop in swell prompted a switch to his favourite Air 17 from Sydney's Aus Open. With Owen taking the win in their epic non-elimation matchup, Jules is heading into round five with a couple of solid favourites to deal with whatever the forecast holds. Dims, below:

MONSTA 6 - 6'0" x 18 3/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.1L

AIR 17 - 6'0 1/2" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 28.2L

Jules' favourite Air 17 has already seen a perfect 10 and a final in Sydney, plus a bunch of fin throws and sharp rail work in Rio. Hopefully more to come! Photo Ryan Miller

 

Ace, giving us a bit of insight into the board that helped him through to the quarters! Like Julian, Bucho changed up his equipment for round four's smaller conditions, going with his favourite HYFI from the Gold Coast (Monsta 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 25.5L). Clip Peter King

 


After riding a bunch of HYFIs in the off season, Ace's been addicted to the new tech when the conditions are right! His Saquarema boards, below (he's 5'9" / 76kg):

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 25.5L 

HYFI MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 5'10" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26L

MONSTA 6 - 5'11" x 18 5/8" x 2 3/8" x 26.5L


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